History of the Wheelbarrow

The wheelbarrow is one of the most useful garden and yard tools a person can use. Even though it sometimes can topple over if you hit a rut or load it unevenly, the wheelbarrow saves time and energy.

 Most wheelbarrows hold about 6 cubic feet of soil. China is credited with the invention of the wheelbarrow in the year 118 AD. There is also an account of a wheelbarrow being used in the RED EYEBROWS REBELLION in 20 AD in China. Art on walls has shown the different styles of China’s first wheelbarrows and their change in design. 

Many of Chinas first wheelbarrows were large. The axle design was more centered so they could carry more weight and larger loads. During this time they were often used to transport people.   

Some disagree with crediting China with the invention and say the honor belongs to Greece. The wheelbarrow seems to have been first invented in ancient Greece.  Two building material inventories for 408/407 and 407/406 B.C. from the temple of Eleusis show “1 body for a one-wheeler. Since this information is just listed in an inventory it hasn’t been taken as seriously as the art and drawings in Chinas past. 

No matter who invented the wheelbarrow it still serves a purpose and most people have one.  

I use my wheelbarrow for more than hauling soil. It probably hauls things it shouldn’t! The last load was a collection or porcelain collector pieces going to the barn to be sorted.

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